With the approval of the Provincial Grand Master, RW. Bro. Mike Wilks, the Widows Sons assisted by the H&IOW Motorcyclists Lodge, are collecting BRAND NEW UNWRAPPED TOYS for their annual appeal (No Toy Guns please).
Toys will be donated to SCRATCH, Southampton City and Region Action to Combat Hardship. Please see the flyer attached for further information.
The North East Area will have collection boxes located at all Centres from Mid-October, and it is hoped that all Lodges will provide support. Please note that Financial donations are as welcome as toys, and queries should be directed to the NEA Charity Steward:
W.Bro. Steve Russell
Your support will make a huge difference to this years Christmas experience for so many Children.
On the 9th September W Bro Kevin Head, Provincial Grand Charity Steward and his wife Jo, along with Barry Hills, South West Area Charity Steward, visited the Royal Bournemouth Hospital Open Day. They spent some time at the Teddy Bear clinic where bears provided under the Masonic Teddies for Loving Care scheme were handed out to young visitors. The wonderful nurses there explained how the ‘Teddies for Loving Care’ scheme operated for them, and how giving a traumatised child a teddy to cuddle made such a difference. This scheme, which commenced in Hants & IOW Province during 2005, has proved to be one of the most popular charities that we support.
The Provincial fund to supply teddies to most hospitals across Hampshire & Isle of Wight does need the occasional top up. Kevin asks our Lodges and members to bear this very worthwhile charity in mind from time to time during your meetings and Festive Boards. Further information is available through the Provincial Website.
Brethren from all the five masonic lodges in Alton; Shalden, Amery, Aultoun, Camelot and Holybourne came together to field a team, called “Alton Masons” at this year’s Alton Victorian Cricket Tournament, held on The Butts, Alton, on Sunday 25th June 2017.
Rules of the tournament required at least one lady to play in each team, with Lady Morag Steel joining the Alton Masons.
All proceeds raised by the Alton Victorian Cricket Tournament were this year donated to the Alton and Basingstoke Cardiac Rehabilitation charity.
As part of the North East Area’s Tercentenary celebrations the team presented a cheque for £1,000 to the charity.
On the day the team was well supported by fellow masons, family, friends and the FITC unit on the day.
Team Captain Bro Neil Sole along with Coach W Bro David Spurdle, both agreed that despite a superb performance by the Alton Masons, they fell a few runs short of making the final.
Are you looking for a way to support the Brethren receiving Provincial Honours at the AGM?
Mick Newell is organising a coach for Brethren wishing to go to the AGM on the of 5th July. The coach will collect/drop off at both Farnborough and Aldershot Masonic Centres, and there is a three course meal afterwards included in the price of £45.00 per person
If you are interested, please contact W.Bro Mick Newell on 01252 332726 / 07792 097398 to book your place.
Headley Lodge No. 9072, based at the Bordon Masonic Centre, have recently sponsored a Local Charity Fun run with Finishers Medals. The Brethren also gave their time to present them to the participants.
On Saturday 11th February Alder Tree Lodge were able to present a donation to The North Hampshire Deaf Children’s Society. Chairperson Jo Goodhew received the donation from W.Bro. Brian Lawrence at an event held at the Farnborough Bowling Alley. A cheque for £500 from the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Masonic Grand Charity Tom Langton Fund, was coupled with a further donation of £300 from Alder Tree Lodge.
The NHDCS supports children and young person’s up to 18 years, who are profoundly deaf or have hearing difficulties. They arrange activities where they can meet others suffering similar problems, help create self-esteem and confidence, and to show them they are not alone. In addition they provide support to parents and families by bringing them together, assisting with communication skills (signing and oral) or just being there for a chat.
These donations have helped the Society arrange a variety of activities during the latter part of last year and will enable them to arrange further activities in 2017. Jo Goodhew wishes to thank the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Masonic Charity and the Brethren from Alder Tree Lodge for their generosity. Brian and his wife said, “to see all the children enjoying themselves at Farnborough Bowl’s was a really great sight”.
Alder Tree Lodge, with the help of The Tom Langton Fund, have been able to donate £1400 in the past year to the Society. For more information on this worthwhile Charity see www.nhdcs.co.uk
On Saturday 22nd of April, APGM William Withers and his wife Babs will be hosting a Tercentenary St. George’s Dinner & Dance.
It will be held at the Farnborough Masonic Centre, starting at 6:30pm with carriages at 12:30am. The cost is £50 per head, and tickets are limited to 116 people so early booking is advised. Friends and Family are very welcome.
The price includes a drink on arrival, a four-course meal followed by tea or coffee. After dinner, there will be a disco.
Tickets and booking forms can be requested from Colin Wicks at firstname.lastname@example.org or via 07951 609483.